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The Washington Capitals put on a dominating performance in Game 1 on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and would dominating lead to success in Game 2 as well? The Capitals outscored the Lightning 5-0 in the final two periods and Washington won Game 2 over Tampa Bay, 6-2. The Washington Capitals lead this series 2-0.
Tom Wilson redirected a Matt Niskanen shot 28 seconds into the game for the Capitals. Chris Kunitz should have been called for a hooking penalty but he wasn’t. Because of Kunitz’s missed hooking penalty, it caused Wilson to truck into Andrei Vasilevskiy and cause a goalie interference penalty.
It led to a power-play goal by Brayden Point. Later in the first, the refs called another bad penalty on the Capitals when they thought T.J. Oshie high sticked a Tampa Bay player, but meanwhile it was the puck that hit the Tampa Bay player. That led to a Steven Stamkos power-play goal.
Devante Smith-Pelly tied the game at two 2:50 into the second period. Lars Eller scored the game-winning goal with 1:02 remaining in the second-period for the Washington Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with 2.5 seconds remaining in the second period for Washington.
Alex Ovechkin and Brett Connolly scored goals for the Capitals. Braden Holtby was spectacular in net for Washington with 33 saves. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves for Tampa Bay, but he has looked shaky.
The Washington Capitals are playing with confidence right now and they didn’t have Nicklas Backstrom for the third straight game with an upper-body injury. The Tampa Bay Lightning need an answer quickly. Game 3 will be on Tuesday Night in Washington D.C.